While Halloween might be your favorite time of year, you probably don’t like having to schedule a trip with a periodontist soon after you enjoy a night of trick-or-treating with your family. Eating too much candy can cause a buildup of plaque on your teeth that can lead to a number of dental problems; ones that require more than a toothbrush and flossing. Find out why you and your family are better off opting for low-sugar candy this year to avoid gum disease.
The sugar content in candy can lead to a buildup of plaque, which is a sticky buildup on the teeth that can eventually lead to the attraction of bacteria or gum disease. This could cause more health issues in your gums or jaw bone. For instance, plaque and bacteria can wear away at your teeth enamel and cause problems with your gums. No matter how great all that candy might taste, it most certainly isn’t doing your gums or the rest of your body any good.
Halloween isn’t the only time of the year when you should be on the lookout for plaque buildup. You should make yourself aware of whenever you brush your teeth and go about your normal oral care routine, including flossing or using mouthwash. If it turns out you already have gum disease or any other issues that require an experienced dental professional, know that we’re here to help however we can. Make sure you schedule regular appointments with us so we can keep your teeth clean and your gums in great condition.
Can’t remember the last time you visited the dentist? We encourage you to do just that before heading out this Halloween. Contact Dr. Chertok, periodontist in Berkeley, CA, today for a consultation.